DIY Branding – Shopping For Supplies

 

DIY branding, small business suppliers resource list, packaging & supplies for small business

Your website looks awesome. Your logo is killer. Your Etsy shop is filled with amazing goodies. You’ve rocked DIY Branding month and you’re ready for business, right?

But wait  – how are you going to package your products? Do you have business cards yet? Are you still buying your shipping supplies at the local big box store? And, have you given any thought to making every order pretty? Because a little bit of pretty goes a long way, especially in the creative business world!

I’ve looked high and low and gathered a list of great places to shop for branding and packaging supplies. You’ll find (pretty much) everything you need to package your products with a professional look on a DIY budget. Some of these are obvious, some are sweet, and some of them were my little secret… until now!

PUT YOUR NAME ON IT – Printed Items

Basic Label (China) – woven garment labels, printed clothing labels

Custom Clothing Labels (US) – woven garment labels, printed clothing labels, PVC labels

Custom Couture Label Company (US) – woven garment labels, hangtags, ribbon, zipper pulls, etc.

Got Print (US) – business cards, banners, flyers, catalogues, hangtags, etc.

Jakprints (US) – business cards, flyers, postcards, magnets, banners, etc.

Juke Box Print (Canada) – business cards (including wooden cards, kraft cards, cotton cards, die cut cards), flyers, stickers, rubber stamps, hangtags, etc.

Moo (US) / Moo (UK) – business cards, mini cards (great for hangtags), stickers/labels, postcards, greeting cards

Overnight Prints (US) / Overnight Prints (UK) – business cards, mini cards, magnets, postcards, etc

Sticker Mule (US) – custom stickers, die cut stickers, bumper stickers, electronic skins

Sticker Robot (US) – custom stickers

Sticker You (Canada) – custom vinyl stickers and labels

UV Cards (US) – business cards, postcards, stickers, magnets, etc.

Vistaprint – business cards, flyers, signs, magnets and pretty much anything else you’d want to put your business name on

TIPWhy not reach out to local print shops in your town – support a local small biz & make a personal connection!

PACKAGE IT UP – Packaging Basics

Clear Bags (US) / Clear Bags (Canada) – plastic bags, plastic boxes, food safe boxes, eco plastic packaging, etc

Creative Bag (Canada) – plastic bags, paper bags, tissue paper, boxes, metal tins, etc

In The Clear (US) – paper bags, plastic bags, boxes, metal tins, plastic tubes, ribbon, tape, etc

Muslin Bags (US) – drawstring muslin bags – can order single sample to check sizing, etc.

Online Labels (US) – blank labels in a variety of shapes, sizes & colours. Check out their Customer Creations section for label inspiration.

Papermart (US) – paper bags, plastic bags, jewelry boxes, stationery boxes, muslin bags, ribbon, tags, etc.

Potters (UK) – jewelry boxes, displays, tissue paper, gift bags

Robert H Ham (US) – jewelry packaging, ribbon, tissue paper

SKS Bottle (US) – glass bottles, glass jars, plastic tubes, plastic bottles, plastic jars, etc.

Sunburst Bottle (US) – glass bottles, glass jars, plastic bottles, plastic jars, metal containers, etc.

The Wrappery (Canada) – resealable plastic bags, glassine bags, ribbon, twine, tags  – great for smaller quantities if you’re not ready to take the 1000 piece leap just yet!

SEND IT OUT – Shipping Supplies

EcoEnclose (US) – eco-friendly boxes, bubble mailers, poly mailers, labels and packing tape

Romantic Pink (South Korea) – poly mailers in fun colours, cute packing tape

Staples Industrial (US) / Staples Industrial (Canada) – bubble mailers, poly mailers, stay flat mailers, cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, etc.

Uline (US) / Uline (Canada) – bubble mailers, poly mailers, stay flat mailers, cardboard boxes, paper bags, etc.

TIP – If you’re not quite ready to invest in 100+ units, try your local dollar store. They often carry bubble mailers and are a good way to see what size(s) you use most before ordering a full case.

MAKE IT PRETTY – Finishing Touches

Caramelos (US) – ribbons, trims, colourful twine, cute accents, etc.

Dacgiri’s Ribbon Shop (South Korea) – ribbon

Knot & Bow (US) – metallic twine, colourful shipping tags, stickers, etc.

Olive Manna (US) – paper bags, shipping tags, ribbon, twine, etc.

Omiyage (Canada) – washi tape, cute paper bags, colourful baker’s twine, shipping tags, stickers, etc.

Really Reasonable Ribbon (US) – ribbon, ric rac, colourful twine

Ribbon Shop (US) – custom printed ribbon, ribbon

The Twinery (US) – colourful baker’s twine

We Sell Coffee (US) – large cones of baker’s twine – not quite as nice as the other designer twines, but perfect if you go through a lot of it!

Whisker Graphics (US) – colourful baker’s twine, cute paper bags, stickers, tags – created Divine Twine & Bitty Bags!

FUN EXTRAS – Other Good Stuff

Pure Buttons (US) – custom pinback buttons, stickers, magnets

Rubber Stamps (US) – custom rubber stamps, self-inking stamps

Simon’s Stamps (US) – custom rubber stamps, self-inking stamps

Six Cent Press (Canada) – custom pinback buttons

Unique Expressions (US) – personalized pencils

HELP OUR LIST GROW: Do you have any secret (or not so secret suppliers)  you love and we missed? Or perhaps a branding / packaging supply you’re on the hunt for? Tell us all about it in the comments – our hope is that this list grows with your input!

 

  • http://hellonifty.com .tif

    To find local printers in a variety of flavors (screen print, letterpress, offset), I’d totally recommend Inker Linker (http://www.inkerlinker.com) . Great site to find the custom print shop you need to get your job done, be it business cards or packaging. 🙂

  • http://sunbreaksoaps.blogspot.com Amy @ Sunbreak Soaps

    I highly recommend finding a box supplier locally! They seem to cost quite a bit to ship for some reason, and I’ve found that I can save quite a bit by buying local. For those in the Portland, OR area, I’ve found Columbia Corrugated Box to be very helpful and their prices are great!

  • http://seagrassstudio.com elizabeth | seagrassstudio

    love this list of resources. one I would add is http://www.namemaker.com/ for a zillion different kinds of personalized ribbon. I’ve been using them for years and have never been disappointed. If you ‘like’ them on FB you get awesome discount codes.

  • http://www.americanarmadillo.com Novella@americanarmadillo

    Mailersusa.com has free shipping and wholesale pricing. They ship boxes, tape, and mailers.

  • http://www.traceyknits.com Tracey Rediker

    great suggestions! I usually print my stickers with an inkjet, but it may be time to upgrade…

    My Tip: http://storesupply.com

    I get my boxes, tissue and craft paper there. great prices

  • http://www.homedirectshipping.com/ Home Direct reviews

    This is an amazing post. As a small business owner whose shipping is picking up, I definitely will use these suggestions. You’ve made my day because this is going to help save me money and time and hopefully give me more satisfied customers. Thanks for the information!

  • http://www.niseyknits.com NiseyKnits

    Oh this is fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing! I’ve used http://www.printrunner.com for hangtags and stickers, and http://www.papermart.com for mailers and paper bags. If you are looking for banners for a craft fair, http://www.buildasign.com is very reasonable, and their support through the whole process is unparalleled. I’ve also been told that http://www.robertham.com is a good place to shop.

  • http://www.sarahphelpscreative.com Sarah

    Such a fantastic post, thanks so much for sharing! The design and production of my goods isn’t a problem, but finding the right resources (for packaging etc) at the right price is so tricky sometimes. I’ve used a couple of the companies in the list – Crystal Clear Bags and The Twinery – and both offer great service.

  • http://www.thelittleredshop.com Julie M.

    Thank you!!

  • http://www.stickermule.com Anthony

    Thanks for mentioning us in your post. 🙂

  • http://www.creativebag.com Lorrie Everitt

    Thanks for including Creative Bag in your post!

    Lorrie Everitt

  • http://www.lindafulghum.com Linda Fulghum

    I always use State Line Bag Company for the muslin bags. http://www.statelinebag.com.
    Quality is great, prices are the lowest around and they ship within 3 days. Can’t beat that!

  • Anika

    Discovered Maker’s Row: factory sourcing made easy. America’s best factories in one place (http://makersrow.com) on Rena Tom’s blog (http://blog.renatom.net/2013/02/08/maker-manufacturer-tech). Looks like mostly apparel now, but could be a good place to watch.

  • Aimie

    These decals [www.printingfairy.com/printing/products/vinyl-decals/] are also the beginning with scratch resistant and have a long life than other common decals printed on simple paper printing stock.

  • colleen attara

    Lovely job here Marisa. Thorough for sure….

  • Packaging Specialties

    Well describe about packaging basics.

    Packaging Specialties

  • Geraldine Starks

    Thanks for sharing these fantastic information. I love DIY stuffs. 🙂 -http://www.aurorapackaging.com/

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=59505103 Jessica Clark

    Any other suggestions of places to buy reusable canvas bags in larger sizes? Looking to use them to package up wedding invitations suites for my clients.
    Thanks for all the helpful links!

  • Ursula Rosien

    This post ROCKS!!!!! Thank you

  • Allen Lavoie

    Thanks for sharing this information.

  • Aldara

    HI! I have a blog about branding for crafters! My goal is to help any crafter in the design of her branding! With tutorials (jpw to make an envelope, or your own wrapping paper), diy and articles about colours, design and so on.

    I hope you like it!

    http://www.abrandmadeofglitter.com/

  • dcgtechindia.com

    Look into possible options for movers and start getting quotes for pricing. Over the phone inquiries may not be very accurate, so be sure to get an on-site estimate. Ensure the moving vehicle has a USDOT number.

  • Evan

    I’d recommend http://www.standoutstickers.com custom stickers

  • Tammy

    I’m searching for some custom metal tags that I can use on my handbags. Any suggestions on where to go? Thanks!

  • rashid noman

    I wanted to thank you for this websites! Thanks for sharing.Great websites!

  • Cat Cherry

    I’m searching for somewhere to get small silver discs stamped with a cherry on it as my jewellers makers mark. I think it will be a nice way to start to get my business image out there and help my business name and my jewellery to start getting recognised. Any ideas? All help gratefully received. Thanks in advance. X

    • Holly Bridlington

      Hi Cat Cherry,
      It probably depends upon how many you need. I did something like that for myself and bought sheets of silver laser printer adhesive paper (Zweckform) and had them printed at a neighbourhood copy shop. Drawback was that the paper isn’t as shiny as a true foil, but it still lokked good. Another drawback for you would be the round label. That would mean having to use a paper punch in the right size (can get those at any store that sells scrapbooking supplies or ebay). If I were to do it again (an needed a lot more than my 48 stickers), I would try Saxoprint.co.uk. They have really cool metal foil stickers there. They take about a week, but the print is amazing. And they have round ones! 🙂
      Cheers,
      Holly

  • Angela

    Hey! I’m in need of some ideas for creative cushioning material/ void fill options in high end box packaging? We have like 7 bottled samples that are lined inside the box, but I dont want them sliding all around — that would be bad for “presentation”.

    Any ideas where I could find something like this?
    Email me: awhollen123@gmail.com
    Thanks!!!!!

    • Katy

      We use crinkle paper from Uline. Messy, but gorgeous in the box

  • samantha

    OMGosh what a helpful article. Thank you. I’ve been in a sea of confusion figuring all this stuff out.

  • Jessica W.

    http://www.splashpackaging.com is another great source for paper and plastic bags, boxes, tissue paper, gift wrap, ribbon and more!

  • jackie steiner

    http://www.foldedcolor.com/ is a great resource custom packaging. Its a complete DIY web to print site for packaging which specializing in short run oders of 50 piece minimums and offers fully printed samples. I think it would be helpful for DIY Branding.

  • Jennifer Wasilik

    Thanks for listing Canadian sources.

  • https://www.printpeppermint.com Austin Terrill

    Lovely post, all of them are beautifully done. http://www.printpeppermint.com also get posters, or stickers, boards, and business cards printed. They deliver high quality prints with low price tags. The services are amazing and leave you impressed with the final outcome.

  • Rebekah Golin

    I’m on the hunt for somewhere to get custom notepads printed. Found some at vistaprint, but looking for different sizing!

    Canada would be the best, but any suggestions!?

  • Chris

    http://www.thepackagingcompany.com is a great spot for supplies. their prices are great and they’re faster than uline